Steal This Audiobook! (if you can)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (on audiobook, performed by Christopher Plummer) ★★★★½

I’ve read Alice in Wonderland, an all-time favourite story several times in my life, seen movie adaptations, etc, and won’t post a review about it as such, though do want to say that if you haven’t heard this audiobook with Christopher Plummer narrating, you should get your hands on it ASAP. His performance of the unabridged text brings it to life in a way I’ve never experienced before. With such a vast range of voices and accents and modulations that render each character instantly recognizable, he make a funny story even more amusing, and I know I’ll come back to this recording again and again. I had previously given this book a 5-star rating because it is one of my all-time favourites, but Plummer’s reading of Chapter 9: The Mock Turtle’s Story with a plaintive tone throughout, reminded me that I’ve never much liked the Mock Turtles’s long ramble, save for those more delicious morsels.

This audiobook also included the recording of Through the Looking Glass and here I’m sorry to say that Plummer’s performance was so over the top—almost as if he’d had a couple dozen of double espressos AND done some high-grade cocaine—that it quickly got on my nerves and I stopped it halfway through. I didn’t let this affect my rating as this would hardly have done justice to Carroll’s original work nor to the brilliance of Plummer’s reading of the first story. Beg, borrow or steal this audiobook right now!
(Available, among other places on iTunes and Audible.com)

 

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